May 1993 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • May 6 STS-55 (Columbia) lands
  • May 7 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
  • May 8 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
  • May 9 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • May 9 Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • May 10 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145
  • May 10 Last TV appearance of Mies Bouwman

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May 10 Paul Cézanne still life painting sells for US$28,600,000 in NYC

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • May 10 Premier Lubbers opens Terminal West on Schiphol
  • May 11 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • May 13 6th annual business person run held in Wall Street
  • May 13 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands
  • May 13 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50
  • May 15 Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens
  • May 15 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • May 16 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull
  • May 16 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head
  • May 16 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey
  • May 17 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
  • May 18 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty
  • May 18 Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola
  • May 19 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
  • May 19 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
  • May 20 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
  • May 21 Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
  • May 21 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
  • May 21 Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired
  • May 24 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
  • May 24 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey
  • May 26 In Major League Baseball, Carlos Martinez famously hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a home run
  • May 26 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time
  • May 27 Dale Murphy ends carreer at 398 HRs
  • May 27 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • May 28 200,000 demonstrate against mafia terror
  • May 28 Polish government of Suchocka falls
  • May 29 Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • May 31 President Dobrica Ćosić of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia flees

Birthdays in History

  • May 25 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • May 1 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • May 2 Julio Gallo, wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82
  • May 2 WLPM, the Short, Dutch MP (KVP, 1945-73), dies at 83
  • May 2 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • May 5 Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
  • May 5 Irving Howe, US writer/critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • May 5 Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
  • May 8 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • May 9 Freya Stark, English author (Sunday Bloody Sunday), dies at 61
  • May 9 Mary Duncan Sanford, dies at 98
  • May 9 Penelope Gilliatt [Conner], British author
  • May 14 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • May 14 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • May 18 Heinrich Albertz, theologist/mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • May 18 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/writer, dies at 67
  • May 19 Nemesio Antunes, Chilean painter, dies at 75
  • May 19 Richard Murphy, director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
  • May 20 Max Klein, inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77
  • May 21 John Frost, English lt-kol (operation Market Garden 1944), dies at 80
  • May 24 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • May 25 Louise Tazewell, entertainer, dies at 93
  • May 26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • May 27 Willem P G Assmann, Dutch MP, dies at 85
  • May 29 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • May 31 Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog